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Event Reminders:

74th Assembly District Delegate Election
Saturday, 01/08/2011
Please come and support Progressive Post's very own Rick Hall in his campaign for delegate on a progressive slate with eleven others to be elected that day! Rick served a successful first term as a progressive delegate and helped form the BLUE WALL that stopped the RED TIDE at California!

VFP campaign for sleeping bags for homeless in SD
Thursday, 01/06/2011
The Vets for Peace, San Diego Chapter, is in a strong campaign to buy and distribute 100 sleeping bags to the homeless in SD county. Can you contribute $34.77 to pay for one sleeping bag? VFP has received contributions for most, but needs additional contributors.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Thursday, 01/06/2011
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Escondido Democratic Club Meets
Saturday, 01/08/2011
What do you think EDC should do in 2011? YOUR input is important! Please save the date and let your voice be heard as EDC sets its goals and objectives for the new year and beyond.

Short love story with surprise twist -
Sunday, 01/09/2011
Fallbrook writer E.E. Mack's very short story, "MIRROR, MIRROR" quickly draws you into a romance in which the woman's secret explodes suddenly. E.E. Mack is a Fallbrook writer. Read a series of other short creative poems and narratives delivered to us by creative writing instructor Kit-Bacon Gressitt. The next series of eight Wednesday mornings, 10:30 to 12:30 begins Jan. 12 thru March 2 - $80. Bring pages to read each week and writing materials or a laptop. Location: 740 W. Fig Street, Fallbrook, CA. For more information and to register: Call Kit-Bacon at 760-522-1064

75th Assembly District Delegate Election
Sunday, 01/09/2011
The Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) and Assembly District Executive Board representatives ("EBd Reps") are elected at Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) held in each of the 80 Assembly Districts. The California Democratic Party is convening ADEMs where 12 people (6 men / 6 women) from each AD will be elected to represent their district for both the 2011 and 2012 State Conventions.

Fallbrook new library celebrates with authors
Sunday, 01/09/2011
Fallbrook’s new county library is scheduled to open January 22, but writers. Six award-winning authors will celebrate in the days leading up to the grand opening with a series of presentations, AUTHORS SPEAK! A FALLBROOK LIBRARY CELEBRATION. The public is invited to the free series, which runs from January 9 through 14 in the Café des Artistes at Fallbrook Art Center. Kicking off the series, bestselling crime novelist T. Jefferson Parker, a Fallbrook resident, will read Sunday, January 9 at 6 p.m.

Free Monthly E-Waste Collection in Encinitas
Saturday, 01/22/2011
Make room for your new electronic gadgets and toys! Bring your discards to The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. The Solana Center is holding monthly electronic waste drop offs at their site at 137 N. El Camino Real. These events are co-sponsored by the city of Encinitas and Recycle San Diego.

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
Friday, 02/04/2011
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This 'N That

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams

Women prevent the threads of life from being broken. The finest minds have always understood the peacemaking role of women.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Do you want long life and happiness? Strive for peace with all your heart.
- Psalm 34:12,14

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.
- Albert Einstein

You save your soul by saving someone else's body.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Nobody realizes that some people expend a tremendous amount of energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus

If you want peace, work for justice.
- Pope Paul VI

I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
- Septima Poinsette Clark

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.
- Teilhard de Chardin

There have been periods of history in which episodes of terrible violence occurred but for which the word violence was never used...Violence is shrouded in justifying myths that lend it moral legitimacy, and these myths for the most part kept people from recognizing the violence for what it was. The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they though of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed.
- Gil Bailie

When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
- Jean Paul Sartre

Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
- Oscar Arias

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.
- Irish Proverb

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
- Gene Mauch

At all the times you can,
- To all the people you can,

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
- Elie Weisel

Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all.
- John Maynard Keynes

The governors of the world believe, and have always believed, that virtue can only be taught by teaching falsehood, and that any man who knew the truth would be wicked. I disbelieve this, absolutely and entirely. I believe that love of truth is the basis of all real virtue, and that virtues based upon lies can only do harm.
- Bertrand Russell

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
- Jane Addams

The peace process we all aim for will not necessarily be a result of the mere signing of a treaty or agreement. It must become a matter of our everyday lives, so that peace settles and lasts and becomes supported by everybody. We therefore have to give peace all the required care and preserve it and promote it.
- King Hassan II of Morocco (1929-1999)

Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy

The non-violent technique does not depend for its success on the goodwill of the oppressor, but rather on the unfailing assistance of God.
- Cesar Chavez

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
- Isaiah 2:4

Compromise does not mean cowardice.
- John F. Kennedy

If peace . . . only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars.
- Sophie Kerr

The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth.
- Thomas Berry

Very few people chose war. They chose selfishness and the result was war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.
- Dave Dellinger

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
- Abbie Hoffman

Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace.
- Thomas Aquinas

Young people say, What is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at at time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action in the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.
- Dorothy Day, 1963

He who can control his rising anger as a coachman controls his carriage at full speed, this man I call a good driver; others merely hold the reins.
- Gautama Buddha

What is man?
- Hope turned to dust.

We can’t become nonviolent on the basis of intellectual conviction. Commitment to nonviolence demands a very profound conversion of mind and heart. If we take the time to pray with Jesus, we too will be converted in mind and heart. It won’t work if we try to reason it out. The only way is through a change of heart, a coming into a way of being that is the way of Jesus.
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
- Archibald Mc Leish

Love the fellow of the resurrection, scooping up the dust and chanting "Live!"
- Emily Dickinson

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. The Attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each.
- Mohandas Gandhi

What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what the do not want to do.
- Leo Tolstoy

Articles & News:

Obama's nuclear option to protect Social Security
Obama is a lousy negotiator. We saw that with the public option in health care, again in the tax cuts for the rich bill, which defunded Social Security. Perhaps Mr. Obama should be told he has a nuclear option available to protect Social Security during the next raid by the Republicans. By Dean Baker

It's time to bust the military/security taboo
By Nicholas Kristof - NY TIMES - "We face wrenching budget cutting in the years ahead, but there’s one huge area of government spending that Democrats and Republicans alike have so far treated as sacrosanct. It’s the military/security world, and it’s time to bust that taboo. The United States spends nearly as much on military power as every other country in the world combined ..."

Repeal of DADT not a positive step
by Cindy Sheehan - "The recent repeal of the US military policy of "Don't ask, don't tell" is far from being the human rights advancement some are touting it to be. I find it intellectually dishonest, in fact, illogical on any level to associate human rights with any military... The capacity for increased carnage should not be celebrated as a victory!"

Gay Marine saved Pres. Ford's life
On the day that the U.S. Senate voted to shed one more discriminatory shackle, Sen. Dianne Feinstein paused for a moment to remember a Marine veteran of Vietnam, a hero named Billy Sipple. Sipple, the son of a Detroit autoworker, had been discharged from the Marines in 1970 and made his way to San Francisco in search of acceptance, like so many others. On Sept. 22, 1975, Sipple was on the sidewalk outside the St. Francis Hotel hoping to catch a glimpse of another Michigan native, Gerald Ford. Sipple looked up as a woman named Sara Jane Moore pulled a revolver from her purse. Without a second thought, Sipple lunged at her.

Pharmaceutical Industry is now Biggest Defrauder
December 16 - "The drug industry has now become the biggest defrauder of the federal government, as determined by payments it has made for violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), surpassing the defense industry, which had long been the leader, according to a new Public Citizen study released today." From PUBLIC CITIZEN http://www.commondreams.org/print/63566

Stop Outsourcing the American Dream
Corporations can keep manufacturing jobs at home, make a profit and pay Americans good wages. German does it: Germany manages to be the world's second largest exporter AND pays their citizens decent wages. "... hourly manufacturing compensation is $48 in Germany compared to $32 in the U.S." HUFFINGTON POST - by Jane White

NC Forum Letters Night Jan 29
North County liberal's highlight event, the Annual Letters to the Editor Awards Night will be held on January 29. A record attendance is anticipated for highly popular event. RSVP as soon as possible to be included.

The DADT Ghost Is Slain
"What the extremists never understood was that Don't Ask/Don't Tell was their movement's death knell. This bitter fight elevated gay rights to a national issue for the first time in history. Prior to 1993, discussions about LGBT people were usually spoken in hushed tones. Suddenly, gay people were photographed on the cover of magazines, quoted in the A Section of newspapers, and interviewed on television news programs "

DADT repeal and ROTC: Promoting War
"Now that asking and telling has ceased to be problematic in military circles, ROTC has resurfaced as a national issue: Will universities such as Harvard, Yale and other Ivy League schools be opened to Reserve Officers' Training Corps since colleges can no longer can argue that the military is biased against gays and therefore not welcome?" Op-Ed from Washington Post.com

Two fine poems by Fallbrook's Marcella Carri
When she was eighteen she set her hair on fire then ran through the rest of her life as fast as she could so the flames would not consume her. Go to link to read what happens ...

TSA bans young woman for unusual buttocks
A woman who became a YouTube sensation earlier this month when she went through airport security in a bikini spent a night at the airport Tuesday because of TSA agents' concerns about an "unusual contour" around her buttocks. Humorless TSA retaliated against the attractive young woman. (PHOTO)

In ‘Daily Show’ Role on 9/11 Bill, Echoes of Murro
NY TIMES: - "Did the bill, pledging federal funds for the health care of 9/11 responders, become law in the waning hours of the 111th Congress only because a comedian took it up as a personal cause? And does that make that comedian, Jon Stewart — despite all his protestations that what he does has nothing to do with journalism — the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow?"

A fractured GOP facing a reality check
"It's been not quite two months' time since Republicans won a sweeping midterm victory, and already they seem divided, embattled and -- not to mince words -- freaked out. For good reason, I might add. Sen. Lindsey Graham captured the mood with his mordant assessment of the lame-duck Congress: "Harry Reid has eaten our lunch." By Eugene Robinson

Beyond Fossil Fuels: The revolution is underway
Every week, Ms. Ruto walked two miles to hire a motorcycle taxi for the three-hour ride to Mogotio [Kenya], the nearest town with electricity. There, she dropped off her cellphone at a store that recharges phones for 30 cents. Yet the service was in such demand that she had to leave it behind for three full days before returning. That wearying routine ended in February when the family sold some animals to buy a small Chinese-made solar power system for about $80. NY TIMES

Texas woman abused after refusing pat down
At the Austin, TX airport Claire Hirschkind, 57, was arrested, pushed to floor and dragged because she refused a TSA patdown. she is a rape victim and who has a pacemaker-type device implanted in her chest, says her constitutional rights were violated. She says she never broke any laws. But the Transportation Security Administration disagrees.

Cartoons of the Week

Obama plays poker with GOP

In with the new ...

Happy NO Year.

You don't need Obama care

Michelle Bachman's inelligence ...

Petition to Defend Wikileaks
Challenging U.S. Empire and its illegal and unjust wars are at the heart of our work at VotersForPeace.US. We call you to the active defense of journalist Julian Assange, WikiLeaks.org and the courageous whisteblower(s) who are dealing the most powerful blow to U.S. Empire in recent memory with the continuous massive release of documents now rocking world capitals and dominating the global media. Please consider signing the petition.

2010: WikiLeaks has barely begun its leaking
from CBS NEWS: - In 2010, WikiLeaks released only about 2,000 of the approximate 250,000 cables it claims to possess, and the pace of those releases dropped dramatically as the holidays approached. If Assange's promises are to be believed, 2011 will be another important year for learning about the hidden forces that drive our world. WikiLeaks has brought to light a series of disturbing insinuations and startling truths in the last year, some earth-shattering, others simply confirmations of our darkest suspicions about the way the world works.

SCALIA: 14th Amendment does not protect gays
Justice Antonin Scalia: - The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation, according to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: "I don't think anybody would have thought that equal protection applied to sex discrimination, or certainly not to sexual orientation. So does that mean that we've gone off in error by applying the 14th Amendment to both?"

2011 - coming disasters this year
by Paul Craig Roberts
- "The year 2011 will bring Americans a larger and more intrusive police state, more unemployment and home foreclosures, no economic recovery, more disregard by the U.S. government of U.S. law, international law, the Constitution, and truth, more suspicion and distrust from allies, more hostility from the rest of the world, and new heights of media sycophancy. 2011 is shaping up as the terminal year for American democracy. The Republican Party has degenerated into a party of Brownshirts, and voter frustrations with the worsening economic crisis and military occupations gone awry ..."

A bunch of laughs and a lotta smiles ...
A collection of humorous business signs, e.g. On another Plumber's truck: "Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber." --- and many more.

You heard it first from ProgressivePost:

RUSS FEINGOLD for the US Supreme Court!

(By Joe Howard Crews) Feingold's legal credentials: Harvard University Law School, Juris Doctor with Honors, 1979 - Rhodes Scholar, Final Honours School of Jurisprudence, Magdalen College, Oxford .University

Tax Cut Deal A Hidden Threat To Social Security
HUFFINGTON POST: "The tax cut deal that President Obama struck with congressional Republicans contains a provision that could ultimately be the undoing of Social Security, say Senate Democrats and backers of the old-age and disability program. Obama, as part of the Democratic package, secured a roughly 30 percent cut in the payroll tax." This markedly harms the solvency of Soc. Security - a planned GOP strategy.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

ISSA: 'Obama one of most corrupt Presidents'

Rep. Darrell Issa, who is set to take over the chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, stated that Pres. Obama is one of the most corrupt presidents of modern history. Issa wants hundreds of interrogations. Issa has made no secret of his love of hearings. He wants hundreds of them – one or two a week, times seven subcommittees, times 40 weeks, he told Politico. That’s at least 280 hearings a year. Here comes the cleverest king of muckraking.

Rep. Shimkus debunks climate change with scripture

GOP Rep. John Shimkus, (R-Ill.) with new power on the Energy and Commerce Committee, quotes scripture to declare that God, not man, will decide climate. Shimkus posts a quote from the Bible on Twitter almost every day, and has kept at it in the wake of criticism about his religious statements, which came under fire when he read biblical passages last year during an Energy and Commerce hearing about climate change. As Shimkus gets the gavel, will he continue to rely on religious rather than scientific truths?

For your pure enjoyment: Great Performance

Great Chinese State Circus - Swan Lake

Fiery speech gets Illinois law passed for gays

By a vote of 32-24, the Illinois Senate approved the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, which will extend important legal protections to gay, lesbian and straight couples across the state. But it took this fiery speech by State Senator Rickey Hendon, who preached about HYPOCRISY among the Republicans and other opponents of equality.

Ted Olson Interview With Fox News Chris Wallace

Wallace, insinuating that Gay Marriage is judicial activism, asks where is it in the Constitution that permits gay mariage. "Where is the right to interracial marriage in the Constitution" asked Ted Olsen of Wallace. Brilliant arguments by Olson. When Wallace insists the voters have the right to outlaw gay marriage, Olson asks if it would be constitutional for the voters to force blacks to drink at separate water fountains.

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